Collecting Comic Books Is Not Just For Kids!

Collecting Comic Books isn't just for kids - you could have a fortune hidden in your attic if you have a Superman #1!

Remember those stacks of comic books you had hidden in your desk at school or strategically placed in easy reach by your bed? You'd be surprised at how much you could earn by selling even one of those old comics!

For example, the first issue of Superman printed in 1939 can be resold for anywhere from thirteen thousand to one hundred and forty thousand dollars! Depending on the condition of the comic, you could have your entire retirement fund sitting up in your attic in a dusty old box!

Comic collecting once was seen as just for kids; the younger generation trading issues back and forth to get a whole collection of this superhero or that superhero, tucking them into back pockets and schoolbags. But over the years comic collecting has grown to include adults and major money where auctions can bring in thousands of dollars in a single day for a lucky owner.

One of the reasons why comics have gone up in value is that obviously the older ones have fewer good issues still around - to have a readable copy of Superman #1 you must have hidden it away for over sixty years; hardly a likely prospect for most people. But for collectors, these issues are priceless and literally treated with kid gloves so as to not damage the precious images further.

Even now current issues of certain characters are valuable, although not as much as the premiere editions of some comics. A copy of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer printed in the last two years can bring you up to twenty dollars, depending on the quality of the magazine and the rarity of the special covers. Due to the collectability of comics nowadays, publishers are creating the market as well by releasing special edition covers that are only available for a certain amount of time, driving the market price up quickly.

Walk into any comic store and you'll see rare issues hanging on the wall, perhaps for only a few dollars but all securely placed in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard backing to keep the issue clean and unbent. Many people do this to their comics within minutes of getting home from the comic store; intent on preserving their collection for years to come and maybe even buying two copies - one to read and one to store.



Obviously the price of many collectible comics place it out of the average kid's reach - instead aiming for the adult market. But while the adults are fighting over rare comics from the 60's and 70's; the children of today are busy double-bagging and storing comics that they hope will provide them with a form of instant money in a few decades.

While some comics do grow in value as time goes on, some don't. There are plenty of issues out there that are available for the same price they were printed at, so there is no guarantee that the comic you purchase today will automatically grow in value. Much like the stock market, there are no promises.

As well as the comics themselves, there is a whole secondary market of supplies to keep your collection safe and sound. Special bags and boxes are available, as well as ornate displays to exhibit your rare comic to the public or just in your own home. Depending on how rare your comic is, you might want to consider insurance - many companies now have evaluators on staff who can deliver a proper estimate of your collection.

At the same time there are realms of books out there to help you decide what value to place on your collection. The most popular reference is the Overstreet Comic book Price Guide; seen as the ultimate source for all things comics. But one thing to remember when paging through this monster book for your specific issue is that the price guide does not guarantee that anyone will want to buy it for that price - instead it offers a general evaluation and guidelines for anyone purchasing or selling their comics. As you can find out for yourself in any comic store, what is popular today might not be tomorrow - and that rare find might not be worth as much as you think depending on who may or may not want it. While most older issues are worth much more than face value, it all depends on if there is someone out there willing to purchase it - the law of supply and demand still holds true for this genre as well.

But many collectors do it out of love for the series and the characters, choosing to keep them safe and sound instead of selling them to the highest bidder. A reminder of their childhood, many adults now collect for their memories instead of seeing it as an investment for their future. Reminding them of a simpler time, many collectors can be found sitting on the floor of their room surrounded by stacks of comics waiting to be revisited and savored all over again for the thrill and the rush of childhood memories that accompany them.

In the end comic collecting can be a fun and interesting hobby or a focused investment strategy for both adults and kids. Maybe when you crawl up into the attic and find that old box of comics you might find a lot more than old memories - maybe a Superman #1!

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